Dr. Modi graduated from a medical school in India in 2007. It was while he was in his first year of medical school that he visited the United States.
“I was immediately drawn to the noble values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on which the U.S. was founded. After learning more about the medical education in the U.S. and the plethora of opportunities which were available to advance my interests, I was convinced that moving to the U.S. would be the right decision to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. Looking back at my experiences here in the U.S., I am extremely grateful to this generous country for the excellent medical training I have received and letting me become a part of this land of opportunity.”
Upon graduation from medical school, he moved to Philadelphia, where he would receive a master’s degree in public health from Drexel University. Through Drexel, he would also complete an internal medicine residency. That was followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
His experience as a resident in internal medicine, coupled with a long-standing wonder at the complexity and perfection of the respiratory system, spurred him to specialize in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
“The complex and challenging patients I cared for in critical care settings left a lasting impression on me. These are the patients who are severely ill and every decision made by physicians can have an impact on their outcomes...I was impressed by the ability of critical care physicians to formulate an organized plan and take control of chaotic and highly stressful situations...The time I spent in the intensive care units was the most challenging and satisfying time during my training. Those sleepless nights spent trying to stabilize a sick patient and discussing the prognosis with the family of a dying patient worked as a fuel for my burning passion to become a doctor with both incisive logic and warm compassion.”
In medical school he said he had become intrigued by the complex physiology of the pulmonary system. He said he still marvels at how we breathe, how our lungs get oxygen in the blood and clear carbon dioxide from the blood.
“I realized pulmonary and critical care would be a perfect career avenue for me.”
In 2015 he moved to Las Vegas to practice, first through the University of Nevada Medical School, then the UNLV School of Medicine. The division of pulmonary and critical care was in its infancy. “I could immediately see that there was, and still is, such a great potential for growth.”
Now also the associate program director of pulmonary and critical care fellowship, Dr. Modi says he works to ensure that fellows are getting the best training and developing into confident physicians.
While he misses family and friends in his native India, Dr. Modi says he’s glad he came to America.
“Leaving my country of birth and building a life in a new country was surely an adventure. It took me a little time to adapt to a completely different culture, but it has been a rewarding experience.”